Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud Unit have broken up a criminal staged crash ring, that placed several children in danger, landed eight people in jail and detectives searching for and additional three people.
In February 2012, Lafayette Field Office Insurance Fraud Detectives received information from the Louisiana Department of Insurance about crashes which occurred in the Lafayette Parish area. Early indications pointed toward the fact that the crashes may have been staged; and that the occupants of the vehicles may have defrauded insurance companies out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. In the initial stages of their investigation, detectives learned that the crashes in question were staged from September of 2011 through May of 2012 totaling three crashes.
While reviewing the crash reports, detectives found that six children, ranging in ages from one-year-old to thirteen-years-old, were among the occupants in the various vehicles. Two of the crashes involved a total of eight people, including children, while one crash involved a total of ten people.
As the investigation continued detectives learned that 43-year-old Farice Daigle Jr. of Arnaudville was present at one of the crash scenes; however, information gathered showed that Daigle coordinated and arranged the crashes. For his part, Daigle was paid a portion of each individual's settlement from the insurance claims.
Each adult involved in the crash filed separate fraudulent bodily injury claims for themselves and the children for which they were responsible. In all, the total amount of money fraudulently obtained by the group was over $112,000.
On Friday, June 21, authorities arrested Daigle in Lafayette without incident. He was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for warrants charging him with insurance fraud (3 counts), theft over $500 (3 counts), child endangerment (2 counts) and money laundering (2 counts.) Daigle remains in jail on a $500,000 bond.
The following individuals were arrested for warrants in relation to this case: 24-years-old Chase Joseph of Lafayette, one count each of insurance fraud, theft over $500 and child endangerment.
21-years-old Chelsie Chevalier of Baton Rouge, one count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500.
27-years-old Candice Alex of Carencro, one count each of insurance fraud, theft over $500 and child endangerment.
24-years-old Cherita Washington of Opelousas, one count each of insurance fraud, theft over $500 and child endangerment.
29-years-old Gregory Hayes of Opelousas, two counts each of insurance fraud, theft over $500 and one count of child endangerment.
21-years-old Angel Broussard of Baton Rouge, one count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500.
32-years-old Jamie Ceasar of Opelousas, one count of insurance fraud.
24-years-old Kendall Traller of Lafayette, one count each of insurance fraud, theft over $500 and conspiracy to commit child endangerment.
All of these individuals have been booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center. The following individuals have active warrants for arrest in connection with this case:
27-years-old Courtney Thierry of Opelousas, is wanted for one count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500.
24-years-old Niiya Sanders of Laplace, is wanted for one count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500.
27-years-old Seth Daigle of Opelousas, is wanted for one count each of insurance fraud and theft over $500.